|Screen Size||39.2 centimeters|
|Screen Resolution||1440 x 900|
|Max Screen Resolution||1440x900 pixels|
|Processor||2.4 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4 GB SDRAM|
|Memory Speed||1066 MHz|
|Hard Drive||320 GB Serial ATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||256 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
Apple MacBook Pro MC371LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop (OLD VERSION)
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My girlfriend had talked about buying a Mac and I always balked at them as being too expensive. Well, most of the main problems with my old laptops were compatibility issues between hardware and software, often involving frustrating searches for new drivers. Knowing that Apple makes the hardware and develops the software for their computers made me think they would be able to integrate the two aspect better than PC's I have used. I still have nightmares about all the drivers I had to hunt down when I downgraded my Toshiba from Windows Vista to XP.
I had actually purchased a 13" Macbook Pro with a glossy screen from Amazon a few days before Apple did their big upgrade in April 2010. It was a beautiful looking machine and was easy to use after I became accustomed to the differences from a PC, ie; What is the "Finder"? However, the 13" screen was a little small for me. I do some photography work, and I watch movies on it as well so I decided the 15" Macbook Pro would be the way to go. Once they did their upgrade for all their machines I decided to buy directly from Apple.
I debated long and hard on the glossy vs. matte option. Going with the high-res screen (1680 X 1050 as opposed to standard 1440 X 900) was a no-brainer. After doing some online research I also chose the matte option (as opposed to the default glossy screen). I had never actually seen a matte screen as the local Best-Buy didn't have one in stock.Read more ›
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You will not regret buying this machine.
I already wrote a review and posted a video on the 13", so I'll spare you the pre-story. The 15" MacBook Pro (Summer 2010 version) is a step up for me. I want to go on record by saying that I did NOT opt for the high res screen, and I'll tell you why in a moment. I'm still an MCSA and an MCTS, and Microsoft is still primary in my world, but I access these resources via Apple.
First, I want to clarify why I chose to buy the 15" when I had a 13" that was sufficient. Because I run VMs a lot (I have reviews of Parallels and VMWare), the real estate of the screen was very important. The 13" handled everything I threw at it like a champ, but I needed more screen area. I also needed a stronger multitask processor to keep up with the demands I put upon it. The 2010 version of the MacBooks achieve gains in three key areas: The processor, which on the 15" and 17" models is the Core i5 and i7 models; the video cards, which again, on the 15" and 17" models are improved with newer technology; and the power management.
The previous processor was the Core 2 Duo - an older technology but not a slouch by any means. It was and is a very powerful processor, all things considered, and the 13" was able to deal with everything I threw at it, including multiple VMs at the same time and video encoding processes. Where the Core 2 Duo struggles is with multi-tasking speed; while it can handle multiple processes, it allocates resources towards the most intensive of what's running at the detriment of everything else. In other words, if you encode a video at a medium resolution, you would find that the machine was nearly unusable otherwise; not frozen or dirt slow, but slow enough to be annoying.Read more ›
Trackpad --- this may be the best thing about this computer. While I read the review on CNET and they said the trackpad is great, you really have to experience it to understand. It is a transformational way of communicating with the computer. After having the computer for about a week, I am already much faster on this trackpad than I ever was on a mouse. You have to experience this to understand. The size and the functionality built into the trackpad are nothing short of astonishing.
Included software --- the included software on iLife is really useful. It has a rather full featured movie editing software for free, as well as iPhoto, iTunes, etc.
Not included bloatware --- it is nice not to have to delete all that crap from the desktop and windows system.
Fast --- very fast, especially in OSX. We got this with zero options, just the base 15" model. It is very quick with anything you throw at it.
Build quality --- you can grab this laptop from any corner and carry it. There is no flex in the casing. You can really feel the difference that building these things out of a solid block of aluminum makes.
Looks --- this is really a beautiful machine. You'll be as happy looking at is when it is off as when it is on.
Lighted keyboard --- bright enough to see, but not too bright to be distracting. Excellent view of all the keys in any lighting.
Display --- we have the base display and it is crystal clear.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I got this computer it was not updated with the newest software, there were dents and giant scratches across the bottom off the computer, the seller had a user on the computer... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David
Mac made a series of lemons with bad NIVIDIA cards...this is one of them. It restarts randomly, usually when you have to do something graphic-intensive. BEWARE...do some research.Published 3 months ago by Stephen B. Westfall
I am completely in love with my New Macbook Pro 15.4 in Laptop (old version). In great shape. The only flaw is the bottom of the laptop small practically invisible scratches. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MOA
If you have considered getting a Macbook Pro but are wary of the high prices of current models, I can definitely recommend this as a "starter" setup. Read morePublished 5 months ago by St.Josef the Chewable
Very satisfied with this item for its price. seller is very responsive tooPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Does everything you hope a mac will do, with style. One big caveat, though... the logic board on the 2010's has a flaw where it progressively starts failing--either spontaneously... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Diane E. Bryan
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